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Apollo Tyres to hike prices in March quarter
NEW DELHI, JAN 31 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 1 Feb. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Apollo Tyres plans to raise tyre prices in the March quarter to maintain profit margins as raw material costs rise, a top official said on Friday. Hardening natural rubber and crude oil prices have prompted Apollo and its peers to raise prices to protect margins in recent months. Apollo hiked prices by 5 percent in January and by 3 percent in November, stated Reuters. “There is every chance (of a price hike),” chief financial officer Sunam Sarkar told Reuters over telephone. The benefit of low-cost inventory carried over from the September quarter offset some of the rise in input cost during the December quarter, he said. Raw materials account for 70 percent of tyre-making costs. Earlier in the day the tyre maker said profit at its India operations jumped about 19 times to Rs1.02 billion in the fiscal third quarter, on cost savings. Sales rose 47 percent to Rs13.2 billion. A spurt in automobile sales and increased industrial activity in recent months has boosted tyre makers’ sales. Raw material prices rose 15 percent in the December quarter, Sarkar said. Shares of Apollo Tyres ended up 4.8 percent at Rs53.50 in the Mumbai market.

 
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